Working Groups

Four CESSDA Working Groups have been agreed as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors and the Managing Director.

1. CESSDA Trust Support Group

This group was established within Work Package 4 of the CESSDA SaW project (2015 – 2017) and as a follow-up action of the CESSDA Expert Seminar 2015.

The CESSDA Trust Support Group consists of a core group of five persons representing five CESSDA Service Providers (SPs) with comprehensive experience with certification, and a wider group representing all CESSDA members and aspirant members. The goal of the activities of the group is to support and advise members and aspirant members in all trust issues (DSA, Annex 2 and more).

There are three core activities in this group:

  • Support and Training - an active role in assisting all SPs (including those of aspiring members) in acquiring and prolonging the DSA certification and complying to the Annex 2 obligations. The training activities will also be aligned with the activities of CESSDA Training.
  • Review of the CESSDA Obligations compliance - the group will get in touch with other CESSDA working groups (for example the metadata group, the metadata harvesting group, technical service development, the ELSST group) to gain information on the details of the various Annex 2 obligations (see the CESSDA statutes).
  • Certification watch - the group will get in touch with the bodies of the certification initiatives (DSA, WDS, DIN/NESTOR/ISO) to appropriately respond to adaptions for the future.

2. CESSDA Technical Group

This core group aims to monitor and advise on needs regarding technical services.

CESSDA’s technical infrastructure and services will be technology intensive but decentralised, requiring a common platform to ensure interoperability and an efficient and sustainable model for the future, as described by the CESSDA WG2 on Technical Services.

The technical framework outlined by the CESSDA Technical Framework Project currently at work distinguishes between general sets of common standards to follow and the more practical tools, tests and common repositories necessary to handle and guide everyday development work and to ensure that CESSDA has control over products. These general rules of best practice need to be maintained, kept up-to-date and in sync with CESSDA's needs.

In addition, future work needs to be planned and specified following CESSDA's general policies and priorities.

3. CESSDA Training Group

The new training group for CESSDA acts as an advisory body to the work of CESSDA Training and has three main functions:

  • It is charged with identifying the training needs of the CESSDA community and its users and supporting CESSDA Training to prioritise these needs.
  • It promotes training harmonisation across training providers within the CESSDA community and advises CESSDA Training on harmonisation actions.
  • It identifies new trends in training across the community.

Representatives from all SPs that offer trainings of any form are invited to this group.

This group will maximise the potential of the trainings offered by each SP and promote harmonisation and knowledge transfer amongst these SPs.

4. CESSDA Communications Group

The need for close and effective collaboration between CESSDA Main Office and its national data service providers in terms of communication activities across CESSDA quickly became apparent, which led to the setting up a Communications Group.

The purpose of this group is ultimately to help deliver the vision and mission of CESSDA, and making the CESSDA collaboration more visible to its target audiences is a key part of that.

The Communications Group consists of one representative working in communications from each country that is a Member or an Observer that represent the CESSDA Service Provider(s) as well as other potential members of CESSDA. When such a person is not employed, the member of the group may also be a member of CESSDA’s Service Providers’ Forum (see Statutes, 06).

This group has already been active since the end of 2014, coordinated from the Main Office by the Senior Communications Officer, with its own Terms of Reference (ToR) already prepared and the CESSDA communication strategy shared within the group. The group communicate internally via a dedicated project in Basecamp.

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